Urban Leadership, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #748 (BCR) , NV,
The M.A. in Urban Leadership at UNLV's School of Public Policy and Leadership recognizes that effective, creative, and energetic urban leaders are critical for fostering positive change to the economic, social, and political conditions of America’s cities.


en the complex nature of the 21st century city, urban leaders require a broad range of skills that include: innovation problem-solving, strategic planning, and collaborative management. This degree will help students develop their skills in these areas.

Aimed at professionals who are actively engaged and working in the community, this degree is offered almost entirely online to maximize student flexibility. The online courses will be enhanced by three face-to-face panel-networking events where students will engage with each other and urban leaders from the Las Vegas community and nationally.

Our program is unique in its recognition that urban leaders come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Leaders can be elected officials, public administrators, non-profit leaders, and leaders in private organizations. Thus, a defining feature of our program is that students will have an opportunity to engage with leaders from a host of community settings. To further enhance this professional engagement, our student's experience will be highlighted by a series of panels and workshops that will allow participants to engage with some of the foremost urban leaders and policy analysts in the country.

Programme Structure

At the core of our program is an intellectually rigorous curriculum that will help urban leaders:

  • Shape and communicate their vision
  • Create innovative solutions to pressing issues
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and,
  • Implement strategic plans, programs, and policies

  • The required course-work will be completed over one calendar year followed by a 3-month Legacy Project. The program will culminate with a three-month Legacy Project.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 15 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

      Book IELTS
    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2.75

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall for all undergraduate work
    • A completed Graduate College application
    • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • A resume that outlines your professional experience
    • A personal statement of interest which includes the following points:
      • Your definition of an urban leader
      • How the degree will help you as an emerging urban leader
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Satisfactory GRE scores in the verbal and quantitative sections may be required to supplement the undergraduate grade point average.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      23274 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 23274 USD per year and a duration of 15 months.
    • National Applies to you

      9364 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9364 USD per year and a duration of 15 months.
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    Living costs for Las Vegas

    • 880 - 1430 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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